A day in the life

Fight­ing with Flashes to get the best shot on the Via Veneto Rome, 1948-1968

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Ride down the Via Veneto with a 1960s pa­parazzo

The term ‘pa­parazzo’ (plu­ral: pa­parazzi) was in­tro­duced to the world as the name of the per­sis­tent news pho­tog­ra­pher in Fed­erico Fellini’s 1960 film, La Dolce Vita. While the char­ac­ter was de­picted as a lov­able rogue, his name de­rived from a term for a large mosquito, which is how

Fellini thought the scan­dal sheet snap­pers looked as they buzzed around celebri­ties on Rome’s Via Veneto.

While news pho­tog­ra­phers were noth­ing new in the late 1950s, it was at this time that the Ital­ian cap­i­tal be­came a mecca for Amer­i­can movie stars in the wake of Hol­ly­wood’s post­stu­dio slump. This op­por­tu­nity proved ir­re­sistible to the news­pa­pers, and soon the Eter­nal City was swarm­ing with home-grown and in­ter­na­tional pho­tog­ra­phers, ag­gres­sively com­pet­ing to get the best shot of the stars.

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